Genus: Polygonum is Greek poly 'many' and gonu 'knees'
Species: bistortoides from Latin bis 'twice' and torta 'twisted' '
aka American Bistort, Western Bistort, Mountain-meadow Knotweed, Bottle Brush. The common name refers to the thick and knotted roots which has provided an important source of food to native peoples. The 'bottle brush' ragged look of the white or reddish flower heads is created primarily by eight stamens which protrude from each blossom. Stems rise 1' - 2' (30 - 60 cm) holding up its little white cluster above its neighbors in the meadow. Commonly found in moist meadows, near streams to 6,5000' elevation. (ref. Clark, Strickler)
Trail/Hike: Klapatche Ridge/WLT
Date: July 15, 2005
Location: edge of WLT approaching St. Andrews Lake(photo) from the north